Aubrey, who was born less than three weeks ago, will grow up without knowing her father. He died just a few weeks before her birth.
According to Fox 5, in late April, Aubrey’s father, Hector Daniel Ferrer Alvarez, was fatally shot by a fellow motorcycle club member outside of a storage area in Pompano Beach where club members often go to hang out.
Since Aubrey has never gotten the chance to meet her father, photographer Kim Stone of Marianna, Florida, decided to have the baby girl cradled in the biker gear her father wore before his death, with a pink blanket wrapped around her made by her great-grandmother.
“Her Daddy loved his motorcycle. He always wore protective gear. He wanted to make sure he was safe. He couldn’t take any chances with a new baby girl on the way. But he will never hold his baby girl. His life was taken just a month before she was born by someone he considered a friend,” Stone wrote on Facebook on June 1o.
The post has since been shared over 70,000 times with 300,000 likes.
Stone said as soon as the baby was placed in the biker gear, she just started to smile. She said the session was very emotional, but “I knew I had something,” she said.
“They say that angels are talking to babies when they smile in their sleep,” Stone wrote. “I guess maybe that’s true.”
Aubrey’s mother, Kathryn Williams, silently cried in the back while Stone continued to shoot. Before the session started, both women prayed, Stone said.
Stone is a lifestyle photographer who focuses on emotions, and although she had something “precious for the family,” she had no idea it would go viral. It’s surreal to her, she told Epoch Times.
“We’re a small town, there’s only about 6,000 of us,” she said.
Despite the heartfelt photoshoot, Williams, now a single mother, has to get back to reality. A GoFundMe account was created by her family to help Williams get a head start on things for her young daughter.
She and Ferrer were due to be married a week after Aubrey’s birth, according to reports.